What do you think of the new playground at Pukekura Park?
Lacking a slide and suffering third degree burns, Pukekura Park's new $560,000 playground is nonetheless hitting the spot with kids.
Open again after months of work, the redesigned New Plymouth playground was highly praised by users yesterday who described it as, among other things, "yay", "good" and "I turn four next month".
This enjoyment comes despite the main climbing frame being out of bounds after suffering horrific burns when it was set alight by culprits unknown last week.
Not only that, the large and invitingly cushiony central grass area is still closed off and the legendary slide-fort is gone and hasn't been replaced.
"That's coming in November," said 4-year-old Poppy Phillips' mum Kylee, much to the relief of parents gathered by the swing set.
"It's looks pretty cool too. It's got three slides."
Two-year-old Bennett Sargeson's mum Virginia thought even without the slide the variety of playground implements was to be commended.
As well as the usual swings there is also a flying fox type contraption that hints at danger, a few tunnels and a water feature that can be turned off and on with the twist of a wheel.
"It would be good if they make a picnic area in the middle. Then you could sit there in the middle and watch your kids wherever they are," she said.
Lilly Moke, 4, and her sister Pippa Moke, 3, who can totally swing herself, didn't really care where their mum was but did want her to tell them why someone would burn down a playground.
Like everyone else, she didn't have an answer.
It is hoped the play area will be repaired and usable within five weeks, just in time for the school holidays.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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